I would be more sympathetic with Steve Raney's suggestion (Weekly, March 7 Web Link ) if adding 3,716 homes in Palo Alto meant the end of sprawl in the Central Valley.
However, the most likely scenario is that even if Palo Alto added many more homes, the sprawl in the Central Valley would continue unabated.
Of the 78,109 people who work in Palo Alto, only 2,798 live outside the nine Bay Area counties and 1,310 of them live in Santa Cruz. Only 135 live in Tracy and 333 from the rest of San Joaquin County.
Will those Palo Alto workers commuting from the Central Valley give up their four- or five-bedroom suburban houses with garages and backyards for a comparably priced Palo Alto postage-stamp condo?
Please, please explain to me how anything Palo Alto does will stop sprawl in the Central Valley. We don't control their land-use policies.